KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez's reconstructive Tommy John surgery was a success, according to team officials.
Perez had the procedure Wednesday in Los Angeles to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow.
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who has worked on athletes including NBA great Kobe Bryant and former KC pitcher Zack Greinke, performed the surgery.
The team also confirmed that the six-time All-Star will miss the 2019 season.
General manager Dayton Moore said in a release that injuries were part of baseball, but he remains optimistic that the Gold Glove catcher would be back in Royal blue.
“We fully expect Salvy to return to our club once healthy and continue to play with the passion and enjoyment that he has played with since joining our organization," Moore said. "His leadership and production on the field will not be easy to replicate, but as a team we will embrace this unforeseen challenge and are excited for the 2019 championship season.”
Perez took to Instagram late Wednesday afternoon to update fans on how he was doing, thanking the medical staff, the Royals and fans for their support.
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I just got done with my surgery. Thanks to Dr. ElAttrache and the Royas I’m now ready to get started on my road to recovery. Thanks to God for everything going well! Thank you to everyone for all of the wonderful thoughts, wishes and prayers! #blumerthebest 🙏🏽🙏🏽💙 ! Acaba de terminar mi cirugía , gracias Dr ElAttrache y los Royals. Estoy listo ahora para empezar el camino a mi recuperación. Gracias Dios por que salió todo bien, Gracias a todos por sus maravillosos deseos y oraciones. #elniñoteam #focusfor2020 😇🙏🏽💪🏽🇻🇪
Perez suffered the injury February 27 while throwing during spring training in Surprise, Arizona.